House passes resolution that condemns anti-Semitism and other forms of hateBaltimore Post-Examiner

House passes resolution that condemns anti-Semitism and other forms of hate

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives Thursday evening approved a resolution that condemns anti-Semitism and other forms of hate.

The resolution passed 407-23.

All Democrats voted yes. Twenty-three Republicans voted no and one voted present.

The resolution was prompted by comments Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) made last week that seemed to question the loyalty of Americans who support Israel.

The lower chamber had been scheduled to take up the resolution on Wednesday.

The delay was caused by a feud between pro-Israel Democrats and more progressive members of the party over whether the resolution should mention Omar by name and if it should be expanded to include other forms bigotry.

An agreement was reached not to name Omar and amend the resolution to include denunciations of racism, Islamophobia, homophobia, and other forms discrimination.

On Feb. 13 the House passed a resolution that condemned anti-Semitism after Omar made similar remarks. That resolution also did not contain any reference to the congresswoman.

President Donald Trump and GOP lawmakers have called for Omar to be removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Chairman Elliot Engel (D-N.Y) has said he does not want to strip Omar of her committee assignment. Engel is Jewish and is considered one of the most pro-Israel members of Congress. He strongly condemned Omar’s remarks and demanded an apology.

Omar has maintained that her comments were not anti-Semitic and that criticism of Israeli settlement policies should not be considered as such. She has yet to apologize for the latest remarks, although she did apologize for her previous comments.

Omar was born in Somalia. She and fellow Democrat Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) are the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress. Tlaib is of Palestinian descent and is also a harsh critic of Israel.

This article is republished with permission from Talk Media News 

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